Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wi-Fi Tales

by Maggie Sefton

My apologies for the lateness of this post, Friends and Readers.  My internet Wi-Fi connection went dark late last night as I was trying to submit my post to the Cozy Chicks Blog.  And early this morning, it was still dark.  No problem, I thought.  I'll just drive over to one of my friendly coffee shops where I can post there.  Unfortunately, when I arrived at 6:30am, their Wi-Fi wasn't working either.

Oh, brother, I wondered.  Did a new version of "War of the Worlds" start while I was asleep----a la "Tech Wars---Revenge of the Laptops?"  Or, did hackers finally succeed in shutting us all down.
Oh, no!!  Not that!!  Aiyeeeee!!!!  

Okay, by then I realized I was over-reacting----Heck, it was early in the morning and I hadn't had a full cup of black tea yet.   Just relax, I told myself.   The next coffee shop will have it.   But, I got there, and their Wi-Fi wasn't working either.   Old movie sound tracks of impending Doom played in my head---dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, do-do-do-Doooooo!  Visions of a large shark mouth opening. . .   Yes, I have seen a lot of movies in my day, but that's beside the point.  :)   Uhhhhh, what was my point?   (You can tell this is a Stream of Consciousness post, can't you?)

Oh, yeah----Impending Doom from Unknown Planetary Higher Power Tech Assault on all things Wi-Fi and Web connected.  I was about to drive over to yet another coffee shop (library wasn't open yet) when I remembered that our grocery chains (both Kroger and Safeway) here in Colorado have coffee cafes with Wi-Fi.  Hooray!  Then----I remembered something else.  I had an appointment in twenty minutes at Columbine West Healthcare, the skilled nursing facility where my mom resides.  They have regularly scheduled every three month appointments with family concerning every aspect of their elderly one's health.  Since I travel so much, I am often out of town for these appointments, so I try to never miss one when I'm here.

So-----to make a short post long ,  I had to wait until the appointment was over, then I could drive to my fave Kroger (King Soopers) grocery store's cafe, grab a latte and a table, and finally submit my Tuesday post.   Again, I apologize for the lateness, but I hope this real life account of my mis-adventures gave you a smile.   Ohhhh----what about the original post?   That will appear next week.   

Please share some of your "Wi-Fi Misadventures" with the rest of us.  :)


Leann Sweeney said...

Glad you are finally up and running. Amazing how something that didn't exist just a few short years ago has become so important to our everyday life!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Quite an adventure, Maggie! We are hostage to Wifi now, although when it works it makes life much better. I learned on my recent vacation that without it, we're really stuck.



Maggie Sefton said...

Leann---Amazing, yes. And kind of concerning in a vague way. Twilight Zone music in background.

Maggie Sefton said...

I know what you mean, M.J. When we created the Web and All Things Internet years and years ago, we had no idea we were creating a Time-Easting Monster. Now, we're all dragging around a long electronic tether like a tail. Others expect us to be accessible and online no matter what else is happening in our lives. Vacations, illness, deaths in families.

Unknown said...

Last week my Wi-Fi went down. I called ATT, and she did some tests and said it was my modem. She said they would send me a new one in 3-5 days. I told her I couldn't wait that long (I'm in the middle of a project). So she scheduled a tech to come out with a modem the next day. She added that, if it wasn't an ATT issue, they would charge me $160 - but not to worry because she was sure it was the modem. They make those threats so people will back down and wait.

Anyway, the guy came out and said almost immediately that the didn't think it was the modem. He checked a few things and said it was an outside line problem and he would schedule a lineman to come out. But in the meantime he went to the box down the street and came back a few minutes later and said that my internet should be back up (which it was).

So, if I had waited the 3-5 days, and then found out it wasn't the modem, I would have had my Wi-Fi down a week or more. Glad I stuck up for myself and refused to be put off.

We are so dependent on the internet that it's really hard to go without it for even a few days. Hope your Wi-Fi us healthy again soon.

Aurian said...

I need my Wi-Fi so I can play Hay Day on the tablet. A few weeks ago it didn't work at the office, so I was very lucky I had an old book in my desk to read during lunch break. A really old Nora Roberts, totally dated regarding the pushy hero, but it was still fun.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lynda----That is a really important story for everyone to hear. You did the right thing. Stick up for yourself, folks. No one else will. It's up to us.

Maggie Sefton said...

I know what you mean, Aurian. We're hooked. I was able to get my Wi-Fi back up by the afternoon. First, I called my Internet Service Provider (which is local so I get to talk to real live techies) and told him what was happening. He sent some test signals to first the Linksys router, which came back good. Then he sent signals to the modem and that came back sketchy. No surprise because both modem and router were nearly ten years old. Way past their prime. He suggested a combination modem/router which I could buy from Best Buy, and that's what I bought. Plugged all the cords in myself with their easy directions then called him at his direction so he could walk me thru the configuration online at the website. Wi-Fi was good-to-go by mid-afternoon. :)